Broilers in Chicken Tractor

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mrs_organized_chaos, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. mrs_organized_chaos

    mrs_organized_chaos Songster

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    We put our 3 week broilers out in the chicken tractor today. It is going to be 50 overnight. Will they be okay? The tractor has a portion that has a roof and sides covered. It isn’t supposed to rain.They only had heat in the brooder for the first week and they have been in our garage since we got them. I went out and checked on them. They are sleeping in a pile and are not chirping excessively. They are mostly feathered and were outside in 60 degree weather with no issues. They were up scratching, eating, drinking, and trying to dust bathe in the grass.
     
  2. ejtrout31

    ejtrout31 Chirping

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    there fine
     
  3. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

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    They can cuddle together and stay warm, if you have some wood shavings I'd make a little box for them to sleep in .
     
  4. EngeFamilyFarms

    EngeFamilyFarms Chirping

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    What bycforlife said☝️☝️
     
  5. mrs_organized_chaos

    mrs_organized_chaos Songster

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    I did put some shaving in a corner under the cover but they spread it everywhere and piled at the front of the tractor. I guess they know what they prefer.
     
  6. mrs_organized_chaos

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    Thanks for the responses everyone. I don’t want to have them in the brooder anymore. It has just become a disgusting and unhealthy situation for all 26 of them. They seemed much happier in the tractor today.
     
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  7. digbychris

    digbychris Chirping

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    I have my CX out in a tractor, and like you we've had nights in the 40's and 50's. They were 3 weeks old when I put them out and mostly feathered. I do have a heat lamp on at night if they want to use it. some do, some don't.
     
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    Because they eat so much, they produce a lot of heat. I would not expect any problems.
     

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